2 Pasig River tributaries rehabilitated

By Pia Gutierrez, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jun 11 2014 08:53 PM | Updated as of Jun 12 2014 04:53 AM

MANILA - The Pasig River Rehabilitation Commission (PRRC) on Wednesday inaugurated two rehabilitated tributaries of the Pasig River in Manila: the Estero De Sampaloc and Estero De Valencia located in Jose P. Laurel Street.

The 1,139-meter Estero De Sampaloc and 522-meter Estero De Valencia were rehabilitated by conducting riverbed dredging, desilting works, and riverbank development.

Almost 400 informal settler families have been relocated to Bulacan as part of the rehabilitation of the two esteros.

As part of the inauguration, PRRC Chair Gina Lopez staged a walkthrough of the rehabilitated esteros with Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) Chairman Francis Tolentino.

Winners of the Miss Earth beauty pageant and singer Yeng Constantino accompanied them.

Residents of the barangays near their estero expressed their gratitude as the rehabilitation did not only clean the esteros, but also improved the quality of their lives as well.

They said they are also committed to helping clean the environment, especially since the effort is a significant leap in eliminating floods in Metro Manila.